|Members of the 2003-04 Undergraduate Research Academy at their symposium. Front row, from left: Susanne Harmon, Jennifer Wilkey, Zach Heeren, Mandy Zbinden and Stacey Taft. Back row: Sarah Borgstede, Chad Burns, Philip Huling, Jerry Morgan and Matt Warren. Not pictured: Andrew Ravanelli, Christopher Rivera, Steve Sommer and Angela Winkeler.|
Members of the 2003-2004 Academy, their projects and mentors are as follows:
|Sarah Borgstede, Art and Design (Metalsmithing) |
Project: "Silver Granulation and its Application to Hollowware"
Mentor: Paulette Myers
|Chad Burns, Mechanical Engineering |
Project: "Personal Pre-heater: Breathing Easy When it’s Cold"
Mentor: X. Terry Yan
Special Note: Chad is pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois
|Susanne Harmon, Art and Design (Ceramics) |
Project: "Terra Sigillata Development Under Varied Firing Techniques"
Mentor: Matt Wilt
|Zachary Heeren, Biological Sciences |
Project: "Sex Determination in Arisaema tryphyl"
Mentor: Betsy Esselman
|Philip Huling, Mathematical Studies |
Project: "Derivation of the Lagrangian for a Suspension Bridge"
Mentor: John Bryden
Special Note: Phil presented his findings at BMC 2004 (Joint Meeting of the 56th British Mathematical Colloquium & the 17th Annual Meeting of the Irish Mathematical Society) at Queen's University Belfast, Ireland in April 2004. He was the only undergraduate student in attendance and one of only four Americans to participate
|Jerry Morgan, Physics |
Project: "Determination of Photon Yields of Scintillating Optical Fibers Prototypes for Use in Cosmic Ray Astrophysics Experiments"
Mentor: David Kaplan
Special Notes: Jerry presented his research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2004 in Indianapolis. He is pursuing a PhD in Physics at Oklahoma State University
|Andrew Ravanelli, Biological Sciences |
Project: "Morphological and Molecular Analysis of Two Species of Killifish (genus Fundulus) in a Hybrid Zone"
Mentor: David Duvernell
Special Notes: Andy presented his research at the Evolution 2004 Conference at Colorodo State University in June 2004. He was also a URA Scholar in the previous academy, with a different project. He is pursuing his PhD in Developmental Biology at Duke University
|Christopher Rivera, Chemistry |
Project: "A Practical Method to Synthesize 2-Substituted Imidazoles"
Mentor: James McClure
Special Note: Chris is pursuing a Doctor of Medicine degree at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL
|Steve Sommer, Physics and Mathematics |
Project: "Investigating How Errors Affect an Eigenanalysis"
Mentors: Rebecca Lindell and George Pelekanos
|Stacey Taft, Biological Sciences |
Project: "Production of Recombinant Mast Cell Degranulating Peptide"
Mentor: Mark Bolyard
Special Notes: Stacey presented her research at the Illinois State Academy of Science Annual Meeting, April, 2004. She is pursuing a PhD in Microbiology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale
|Matt Warren, Philosophy |
Project: "The Evolution of Ethics"
Mentor: Rachel Singpurwalla
Special Notes: Matt presented his paper "How Moral Systems Evolved" at the Eighth Annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in April, 2004. He is attending law school at the University of Arizona, Tuscon
|Jennifer Wilkey, Anthropology and Art and Design (Ceramics) |
Project: "Determining the Function of Stumpware in the American Bottom through Experimental Archaeology"
Mentors: Julie Holt and Matt Wilt
|Angela Winkeler, Biological Sciences |
Project: "Inhibition of Canine Distemper Virus Binding to Vero Cells by Anti-CD150(SLAM)"
Mentor: Paul Wanda
Special Note: Angela presented her research at the Illinois State Academy of Science Annual Meeting, April, 2004. She won best poster presentation at the meeting
|Mandy Zbinden, Biological Sciences |
Project: "Non-Invasive Detection of Trematode Infection in Freshwater Snails"
Mentors: Mark Bolyard and Paul Brunkow
For more information on the Undergraduate Research Academy, contact Dr. Victoria G. Scott at (618) 650-2640 or email@example.com.